Netanyahu urges Amona settlers to take relocation deal

Israeli settlers gather around a fire in the settlement outpost of Amona on December 18, 2016Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday urged residents of a wildcat settlement to accept an improved relocation deal which would reportedly leave most of them on their hilltop site. The 40 families living at Amona, in the northern part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, face a court order to leave the site by December 25 because it was found to have been built on private Palestinian land. Netanyahu is seeking a way out of an impasse which has put him between Israel’s Supreme Court and the legal opinion of his own attorney general on one hand, and the anger of settlers who are a key part of his political constituency on the other.

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